Linh Truong did not own a bike when a friend asked her to cycle 150 miles. She said yes anyway.
“I am not an athletic person and never have been, but everything I do has a foundation of giving back,” said Linh. After purchasing a bike and training for four weeks, Linh fulfilled her commitment to her friend by participating in the Bike MS event. She rode her brand-new set of wheels from Denver to Fort Collins and then from Fort Collins back to Denver. Since 2015, she has played a part in raising nearly $200,000 to support the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s mission to cure MS.
There is no question that Linh pours her heart and soul into everything she decides to do. She is rooted in generosity and was raised on a foundation of giving. Linh was born in Vietnam and moved to the United States as a baby. “I am proud of my roots,” said Linh. “As an immigrant, my family made it here due to a lot of generosity from a lot of people. My parents always gave, no matter how little they had.”
Linh grew up participating in and appreciating purposeful work. When she went off to college, she became a member of the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority, whose philanthropic efforts benefit CASA. Linh understood and support CASA’s mission for years and in 2021, she decided to take on the role of a Dependency and Neglect CASA herself. “There was a specific moment when I realized I needed to help make the world better than how I viewed it,” she said.
As Linh embarked on this new journey, she knew she would have to give it her all. “There were a lot of people who came in and out of the children’s lives in mere months,” said Linh. “It was so important for me to be there consistently, and I was for more than a year with them.”
One day, the father of Linh’s assigned CASA children told her that the kids were asking when they were going to see Linh next. “That’s when I realized they looked forward to time with me,” said Linh with a smile. “Before being a CASA, if you had told me that something so small would be such a big deal, I wouldn’t have understood. But when it comes to these kiddos, every aspect of life and our time together is a big deal.”
Each day, Linh wakes up to be a mom, to go to work, and to find new ways to give back. “No matter how busy you are, you will make time for the things that are important to you. Being a CASA has balanced me out to be a better coworker, parent, sibling – all of those roles that we take on every day,” said Linh.
Who knows what opportunity will present itself to Linh next to make our world a better place! All Linh knows is that she is prepared to say yes.